26 December 2013

The year in climate change

John Mecklin

John Mecklin

John Mecklin is the editor-in-chief of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Previously, Mecklin was editor-in-chief of Miller-McCune (since renamed Pacific Standard),...


In 2013, evidence that humans are altering Earth’s climate for the worse became even clearer than it had already been, and official action to slow climate change was, in a charitable analysis, insufficient to the task. I asked Bulletin columnist and environmental journalist Dawn Stover to look back over the year and highlight five articles that stood out as the Bulletin made the point for citizens and policy makers alike: Climate change is an existential threat the world must deal with expeditiously. As in now.  

  • A new plan B: Relocate American cities by Alex Slaymaker. Erosion, sea level rise, and other climate impacts threaten many coastal cities. It’s time to start talking about a gradual retreat to safer ground.